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April 2018 Project ILoNa: Press release on the award

The state of North Rhine-Westphalia honored the project ILoNa and included it in the exhibition for climate protection as part of KlimaExpo.NRW. In this project, the department General Psychology: Cognition has identified problem areas and starting points and thus made an important contribution to enabling companies to work on solutions to make logistics services more sustainable. The press release on the award can be found here.

Cologne, April 2018 International Conference on Behavioral Addictions

Icba 2018-01The International Conference on Behavioral Addictions in Cologne takes place from the 23rd to 25th of April. With 14 keynote speakers and 42 scientific symposia, the conference offers an excellent program on behavioral addictions. Some keynote speakers and many symposia focus on Internet Gaming Disorder and other addictive behaviors in the context of digital media usage. In addition, current developments in international classification systems of mental disorders are taken into account. So, according to the current Beta Draft of the ICD-11, Gaming Disorder will probably be added as a standalone disorder. This has far-reaching consequences for diagnostics, counselling, prevention, and treatment of Internet-related disorders.

The ICBA provides an excellent environment to learn about the latest developments in the field of behavioral addiction research and to exchange ideas with colleagues. Other main topics are pathological gambling, buying addiction, and hypersexual behavior.

Many well-known speakers followed the invitation to Cologne: Luke Clark (Canada), Zsolt Demetrovicz (Hungary), Guangheng Dong (China), Daniel King and Michael Kyrios (both Australia), Marcantonio Spada and Daria Kuss (both UK), Kimberly Young (USA), Hans-Jürgen Rumpf (Lübeck) and Rudolf Stark (Gießen) from Germany, to name just a few.

The conference is organized by Prof. Dr. Matthias Brand (University of Duisburg-Essen) and Prof. Dr. Dr. Astrid Müller (Hannover Medical School) as well as Prof. Dr. Zsolt Demetrovicz (University of Budapest). The conference language is English. Further information on this year's ICBA can be found on the congress homepage

March 2018 New publication

Marc N. Potenza (USA), Susumu Higuchi (Japan) and Matthias Brand use their current publication in Nature to point out that behavioral addiction research should continue to be strenghtened and also phenomena beyond „gambling disorder" and "gaming disorder" – e.g., a problematic pornography use and buying addiction – need to be addressed.

Potenza, M.N., Higuchi, S., & Brand, M. (2018). Call for research into a wider range of behavioural addictions. Nature, 555, 30.

3rd International Conference on Behavioral Addictions (ICBA 2016) Keynote

Prof. Dr. Matthias Brand gave a keynote talk on "Internet pornography addiction: Theoretical models, behavioral data, and neuroimaging findings" on the 3rd International Conference on Behavioral Addictions (ICBA) in Geneva. Another six of our team members gave presentations about behavioral addictions in various symposia and sessions.

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The opening ceremony of the Center for Behavioral Addiction Research (CeBAR) at the University of Duisburg-Essen has taken place at CASINO Zollverein in Essen on June 24, 2016.

At the symposium, with approximately 100 participants, greetings were given by Prof. Dr. Torben Weis, Vice Dean of the department of Computer Science and Applied Cognitive Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen and PD Dr. Bert te Wildt of the Ambulance for Behavioral Addictions at the Ruhr-University Bochum. These were followed by talks about different behavioral addictions which were given by internationally acknowledged experts and early career scientists. The talks about Internet use disorder, gambling disorder, pathological buying, and hypersexual behavior were complemented by a panel discussion in which participants could ask questions to the experts.

The head of CeBAR, Prof. Dr. Matthias Brand, expressed his appreciation to all experts and participants for the successful event.


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New publications

Schiebener, J. & Brand, M. (in press). Age-related variance in decisions under ambiguity is explained by changes in reasoning, executive functions and decision making under risk. Cognition and Emotion.

Winter 2014/15 Famous Internet addiction researcher Dr. Kimberly Young visits Duisburg

Kimberly Young is probably the world’s most famous researcher on Internet addiction. For about two years there is a close research cooperation between her and our group General Psychology: Cognition. Recently Kimberly Young visited us in Duisburg and we planned future projects. We organized an internal symposium in which she gave an inspiring keynote talk on Internet addiction. We also presented our own research on Internet addiction. It was our honor and pleasure to discuss current topics of Internet addiction research in a relaxed atmosphere. Current shared articles are:


New book “Psychology” published

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The section General Psychology: Cognition on Facebook

The Section General Psychology: Cognition now has a profile on the social network site Facebook.
Anyone who is interested in receiving information and invitations to studies and experiments or simply wants to express his or her affiliation to the Section is invited to “like” General Psychology: Cognition.
You can get more information on our Facebook-Profile from Christian Laier.